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Institute of Continuing Education

The Cambridge Global Summer Programme offers participants a unique opportunity to draw upon a rich reserve of knowledge and to consolidate their learning in a variety of ways. Participants will normally be from IARU member institutions, and will benefit immensely from the exchange of ideas with lecturers and with other GSP students.

Predicting the future has been, and still is, a part of every society. Visionaries, philosophers, rulers, warmongers, astronomers, economists, businessmen, politicians and scientists all try to anticipate the future. Using specific examples from both past and present, our ‘visions of the future’ draw on beliefs, astronomy, medicine, climate change, scientific discovery, international relations and development, financial crises, disease, war and space travel. Which predictions came true? Which proved false? Debate - naturally - includes predictions about our own future. Additional plenary talks set discussions in context. Students write - and have supervisions - on related historical, philosophical or literary topics.


Programme dates

09 Jul 2017 to 29 Jul 2017


International Summer Programmes
Sidgwick Site
United Kingdom